Providence is the guardianship and care provided by a deity or god. Religious people thank their god for his providence.

The word provide is a good clue to this word's meaning: when a religious being is said to give people providence, he's taking care of them — providing for them. For religious people, any good thing that happens to them — like landing a new job, getting healthy, or finding money on the ground — could be considered an example of providence. You can also talk about people providing providence, if they're showing care and prudence in managing resources.

Definitions of providence
  1. noun
    the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources
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    improvidence, shortsightedness
    a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources
    foresight, foresightedness, foresightfulness
    providence by virtue of planning prudently for the future
    unusual ability to think ahead and plan creatively or wisely
    type of:
    discretion in practical affairs
  2. noun
    the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
    “divine providence
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    type of:
    care, charge, guardianship, tutelage
    attention and management implying responsibility for safety
  3. noun
    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
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    type of:
    circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
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